A recap of the day’s activities:
The defense. Five sacks, and 18 hits on the opposing quarterbacks. Two interceptions, and 14 passes defensed.
Those are the Seahawks’ totals during their two-game winning streak, as opposed to two sacks, seven QB hits, no interceptions and four passes defensed in their previous two games.
The gap in production says a lot about the quality of opponents, since the wins have come against the San Francisco 49ers (5-7) and St. Louis Rams (1-11) while the losses were to the division-leading Arizona Cardinals (8-4) and Minnesota Vikings (10-2). But it also says something about the defense.
“There are some good things going on,” said coach Jim Mora, who spent part of his Tuesday ringing a bell for the Salvation Army in downtown Seattle to benefit the Lakewood Police Guild.
“We’ve made some plays on defense the last couple weeks. Maybe it’s just that we’ve made some plays, but I think the players are feeling comfortable – more comfortable – in the system; more comfortable playing with each other in the system. They’ve been working hard. I think it’s just showing up a little bit. We’ve got to continue to improve. We’ve got a long, long ways to go.”
The next step comes Sunday, when the Seahawks play the also 5-7 Texans in Houston.
Practice squad tackle Kyle Williams has been placed on practice squad/injured reserve after hurting a knee in practice recently. To fill his spot, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite (6-1, 317) was signed today.
Favorite, who played at LSU, was signed by the Carolina Panthers after the draft in April. This season, he has been on the practice squads of the Panthers, Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
THE LIGHT STUFF
The 32-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Deon Butler that setup Olindo Mare’s game-winning field goal against the 49res on Sunday? It almost didn’t happen.
“It kind of looked lost for a second, because I lost it in the lights,” Butler said. “But it came back through and I found it as soon as it came off the lights. So it was just a good play.”
The play of his rookie season for Butler, a third-round draft choice from Penn State. Butler had only seven receptions in the first 11 games, with a long of 15 yards. Sunday, his only catch was that almost-lost-in-the-lights catch.
STAT DU JOUR
Hasselbeck needs 576 passing yards in the final four games to move past Ring of Honor QB Dave Krieg for the top spot on the franchise’s all-time list. Krieg passed for 26,132 yards from 1980-91. Hasselbeck has 25,557 since joining the Seahawks in 2001.
Hasselbeck has passed for 846 yards in the past four games. He already surpassed Krieg for the career attempts (3,658) and completion (2,208) marks this season.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I don’t want to comment any further than to say that we’re glad he only had nine carries. How they decide to operate and how they decide to distribute the ball, that’s their business. It’s not for me to say. I just know as the opponent, I was extremely happy to see Frank Gore with only nine touches.” – Mora, after Gore ran for only 25 yards on Sunday after going off for 207 in the team’s Week 2 meeting